One of the things I meant to do with Mr. McFrawley’s Traveling Show and the related blog was to document the research that went into writing the book. I know that seems weird, since it’s only a 64 page book, but I actually went into full study mode, like I did with my Masters. I bought a bunch of used books, and went through with a highlighter, marking words, ideas, any thing that sparked my imagination. =)
I also watched all of HBO’s Carnivale (which is where I got the name DeKay), the old Disney film Toby Tyler, and basically anything I could get my hands on.
I even bought four tarot decks and a book on understanding the tarot.
Because I haven’t had much time to write or draw lately, I can at least BUY stuff for this book. I just ordered four books on Polynesian culture for The Lost Tikis. The first came in the mail yesterday. Looks promising, and they were only a buck each!
Keep in mind, though, researchers of real valid cultural material, this book is going to harken back not to 700 AD, when the Polynesians first reached Hawaii, but more to the 1950s. Just like Mr. McFrawley doesn’t depict the medical realities of being a circus freak (which is, honestly, kind of sordid and sad), this book will not explore real Polynesian culture as much as our own American vision of it. In other words, this book will be as Polynesian as a crab rangoon.
Or, to use another food metaphor, I’m going to be using the hot dog approach. Please don’t look for any ham within.
But that doesn’t mean I can’t understand the real culture myself!